Flawed Vista Ridge project doesn’t make sense

April 28, 2016 — The San Antonio Express-News published a op-ed by Jim Smyle, a San Antonio resident and an independent consultant in natural resources management. Jim has experience on large infrastructure projects, and this op-ed demonstrates that he really knows his stuff on Vista Ridge! For more information on why the Vista Ridge project just doesn’t make sense, check out …

SAWS: Banks Not Cooperating On Renegotiating Vista Ridge Loan

April 18, 2016 — Texas Public Radio reported on the latest news in the dealings with Garney Construction. A $120 million loan to Abengoa Vista Ridge, meant for purchasing pipes, went missing. Now, as Garney prepares to take over controlling interest in the project, the team is approaching the same banks for another loan. SAWS CEO Robert Puente says the banks don’t appear …

Vista Ridge Pipeline Opponents Win Small Victory

April 7, 2016 — The Texas Tribune covered a win for Vista Ridge opponents. The victory came when the Texas Water Development Board announced the Vista Ridge pipeline project was ineligible for $885 million in low-interest “SWIFT” loans. The staff’s recommendation described the lack of information and uncertainty with the project as a reason for recommending against funding it. Despite …

Mayor Hopes to Dispel ‘Misinformation’ About Vista Ridge

April 5, 2016 — The Rivard Report follows up after the latest SAWS Board meeting. Mayor Ivy Taylor believes that some groups are providing misinformation; however, she does not elaborate on exactly what “misinformation” she means. Read the full article here.

Environmental Groups Oppose Taxpayer Funds for Private Pipeline Scheme

April 5, 2016 — Last Friday, Clean Water Action, Environment Texas, Environmental Stewardship, and Save Our Springs Alliance filed a letter with the Texas Water Development Board objecting to two applications seeking more than a billion dollars in low-interest state loans to build a controversial 142-mile long water pipeline project. The applications were submitted by the San Antonio Water System (“SAWS”) and the Central Texas …

Abengoa is out, and Vista Ridge is stronger than ever

March 24, 2016 — Opinion columnist Josh Brodesky with the San Antonio Express-News writes: “One of the two great ironies of the Vista Ridge saga is how Abengoa was supposed to bolster the controversial water project but instead became an albatross that threatened to doom the pipeline before it ever could be built.” Now a $120 million loan has gone …